“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).
We know little about Enoch. Of all the verses in the entire Bible, we have a total of seven from which to gather any information about this man. Yet here he sits among patriarchs like Abraham, Moses and Jacob in this, the Hall of Faith. We find Enoch counted among those men and women whose lives help us know faith as God sees it.
Here is what we know about this man of faith. We know Enoch became a father at the young age of 65 when his first son, Methuselah, was born. We know he was around another 300 years after that. Jude 14-15 tell us he prophesied against ungodly men about God’s undeniable justice.
But the Word of God uses four simple words to sum up this man’s life. “He walked with God.” Then, 300 years later, “he was no more, because God took him away.”
That must have been some walk, huh? I mean, for some reason, God chose to fetch His man Enoch from this earth and take him unto Himself in an incredibly uncommon way.
Only one other time in Scripture do we see God do this. We can read about it in 2 Kings 2 when God took Elijah up in a whirlwind. All these two men knew were life here and life there. No death experience for them.
We find a few more words to help clarify. “(Enoch) was commended as one who pleased God.” And the way he walked with God was his legacy. This walking he did, this walking with God, Enoch did in such a way that his life was known for it. This one truth summed up Enoch’s life: He walked with God. The end.
What more do we need to know? He trusted God to lead his every step. He walked wherever God did.
And God was pleased.
I wonder if, at the end of my life, others might sum me up in such a mightily profound way. Imagine your own memorial service. The pastor stands up for the eulogy and simply states: “He walked with God” or “She walked with God.” Then he closes his books and sits down. The end.
Because what more is there, really? The walk of faith starts with God Himself. Being sure of what we hope for. Being certain of Him, which we do not see. So certain, in fact, that our every step starts with Him. Will you walk with Him today?